It will be a battle between Pac-12 opponents when the No. 23 Arizona Wildcats (15-6, 5-3 Pac-12) welcome the USC Trojans (17-5, 6-3 Pac-12) to the McKale Memorial Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 6, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
USC Trojans vs. Arizona Wildcats ATS Prediction
In the Trojans’ last outing, they were blown out by the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes, 78-57. Converting at the free throw line was one of Colorado’s biggest advantages. They were 15-17 (88.2 percent), while the Trojans were 8-11 (72.7 percent). USC’s Onyeka Okongwu put together a good outing, putting up 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats beat the Washington State Cougars in their last contest, 66-49. The Wildcats held the Cougars to an offensive rebounding percentage of 12.8 (below their season average of 28.0) and had a turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 14.6). Stone Gettings was the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field.
After the Trojans won both matchups against the Wildcats last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, USC won 78-65. The Trojans’ 10.5 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Wildcats, who had a rate of 15.5.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a matchup of two heavyweights. The sweet-shooting Arizona offense ranks 52nd in the country in that metric at 0.532, while the elite USC defense is ranked 44th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.455).
USC Trojans at Arizona Wildcats Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – USC, O/U – Under
Arizona ranks sixth in steals allowed per game (4.5) while USC ranks 208th (8.1).
The Wildcats rank 20th in assists per game (16.1) while the Trojans rank 110th in assists allowed per game (12.2).
Arizona ranks 60th in rebounds per game (38.4) while USC ranks 119th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7).
The Trojans rank 16th in blocks per game (5.4) while the Wildcats rank 70th (3.9).
Arizona ranks 209th in three pointers attempted per game (20.2) while USC ranks 255th (18.2).
The Trojans have been outscored by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, USC has defeated opponents by an average of 5.1 points.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (5.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average).